World Engineers Summit 2017: Low Carbon Cities & Urban Energy

Singapore to Convene Luminary Global Energy Leaders to Support Low Carbon Future. World Engineers Summit – Applied Energy Symposium & Forum 2017 aims to drive sharing and co-creation of engineering innovations for sustainable urban development.

The Institution of Engineers, Singapore (IES) announced today that the World Engineers Summit – Applied Energy Symposium & Forum: Low Carbon Cities & Urban Energy Joint Conference (WES-CUE) 2017 will take place from 18 to 21 July at the Suntec Convention & Exhibition Centre, Singapore. The conference will be a focal point for addressing pressing global issues arising from energy- and carbon- intensive urban development, with a special focus on harnessing engineering innovations to create a sustainable, low carbon future. 

Rapid urbanisation is elevating energy demand to unprecedented levels. According to the World Bank, cities consume about two-thirds of the world’s energy and account for more than 70% of global greenhouse gas emissions. WES-CUE 2017 will bring together eminent experts, renowned researchers, practitioners and policy makers to share latest research findings and engineering advancements critical for moving cities towards highly energy-efficient and sustainable practices. 

For the first time, the biennial WES series is partnering with the internationally-reputed Applied Energy Symposium and Forum series, to deliver profound and diverse technical content to multi-disciplinary engineers and scientists; energy, urban planning and environmental & water specialists; business leaders; academia and policy makers from around the world. The conference technical committee received a record 288 technical paper abstracts from more than 35 countries in response to its call for submissions. 

“WES-CUE 2017 is designed to bring delegates to the forefront of scientific research and facilitate exchange of the latest progress in urban energy systems and policy options. This year’s summit will play a major role in helping engineers, business leaders, policy makers and other professionals accelerate the transformation of cities into low carbon urban systems and move the world towards a cleaner, more energy-efficient and resilient future,” said Prof S.K. Chou, Co-Chair, WES-CUE 2017 Joint Conference. 

Prof J. Yan, Co-Chair of WES-CUE 2017, added, “Singapore offers an excellent meeting point for the chosen theme of the joint conference. Applied Energy Symposium & Forum: Low Carbon Cities & Urban Energy (CUE) is a platform under the Applied Energy network that focuses on urban energy systems covering topics such as energy supply, distribution and end use; smart eco-cities; urban transportation with efficient energy use and low emissions; microgrid and smart homes; BIPV and renewable energy applications; urban waste to energy; nexus of energy-water; and policy options.” 

Summit Highlights

WES-CUE 2017 will address a range of critical issues with focus on six key topics: Transport, Building, Industry, Environment, Power Generation & Energy Storage and Urban Planning. 

Four sustainability thought leaders will kick off the conference as keynote speakers: Ms Jean Venables, Vice President of the World Federation of Engineering Organisations (WFEO) and Chair of Committee on Engineering & Environment (CEE); Professor Lui Pao Chuen, Advisor, Strategic Planning Division, Ministry Of National Development, Singapore; Dr Liu Thai Ker, Senior Director, RSP Architects Planners & Engineers (Pte) Ltd, Singapore; and Dr Richard E. Rocheleau, Director, Hawaii Natural Energy Institute, University of Hawaii. 

Other conference highlights include: 

  • WES-CUE 2017 Plenary & Opening Ceremony on 19 July, 9am to 12pm, to be graced by Mr. Teo Chee Hean, Deputy Prime Minister & Coordinating Minister for National Security 


  • WES-CUE 2017 Conference Dinner on 20 July, 6.30pm to 9.30pm, to be graced by Mr Masagos Zulkifli, Minister for the Environment and Water Resources 

Pre-event Floating Structures Workshop by IStructE on 18 July, 9am to 6pm, to keep delegates abreast of the latest developments, research and challenges and potential future applications in using seaspace for industry, housing and recreational development 

  • WiSER Forum on 20 July, 9am to 12.30pm a platform focusing on empowering and promoting women leadership in the engineering industry and professional fields

ASHRAE Distinguished Lectures Seminar on 21 July, 9am to 6pm, focusing on the integrated design, installation and operation of Heating, Ventilation and Air-Conditioning (HVAC) system and Building Automation System (BAS) to achieve thermal comfort and indoor air quality in high performing buildings 

Technical Site Visits on 21 July, 2pm to 5pm, for delegates to personally tour several of Singapore’s world-class facilities boasting sophisticated sustainability features 

  • National Engineers Day 2017 on 19, 20 & 21 July, 9am to 6pm, an annual engineering festival organised by IES to promote engineering to the young 

Registration for WES-CUE 2017 is now open, with early bird rates ending on 15 May 2017. Interested sponsors and exhibitors may also contact the WES 2017 Secretariat at Find out more at or follow IES on Facebook and LinkedIn for the latest updates.